European theatre Research Network


Our premise is that European theatre is not a coherent formula of aesthetic and artistic practices but in fact a widespread landscape of many local contexts and discourses.

ETRN aims to:

  • investigate the way that experimentation and innovation happens across broad European contexts ranging from repertory theatres to avant-garde laboratory groups.
  • build on our combined research expertise in European theatre, which includes aspects of contemporary British practice.
  • explore theoretical and practical connections across performance and geospatial borders.
  • function as a link between non-English European theatre discourses and practices and the Anglophone world.

Areas of specialism include: performer training in Eastern and Western European contexts: Grotowski’s legacy ; mime; ensemble practice ; directing, dramaturgy, and theatre systems ; European performances of Shakespeare and other classics; dance theatre; European philosophy and performance studies.

ETRN staff span the European continent in our research interests: from France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Spain through Germany, to Greece, Poland and Russia.


Professor Kenneth Pickering to be awarded a Doctor of Letters by UWL

Professor Kenneth Pickering, an Honorary Professor in the School of Arts’ Drama Department is being awarded a Doctor of Letters from the University of West London (London College of Music) later this year. The award is to celebrate Professor Pickering’s recognition as a role model for University’s students through his professional profile and experience. In the early 1960s Professor Pickering gained the As...

13 March 2018

ETRN Research Lecture with Professor Annelis Kuhlman (4/4/2018)

Professor Annelis Kuhlmann, Aarhus University (Denmark) Images of theatre directors and directing: a Danish dramaturgical position Wednesday 4th April 2018, 5pm, University of Kent, Canterbury, Grimond Lecture Theatre 3 Images and Imageries in relation to theatre directors are often understood as if mainly concerning the aesthetic result of the production itself. In this presentation, I deal with 'professional images&a...

5 March 2018

PCP and APRG Research Seminar (22-23 March 2018)

You are warmly invited to attend a research seminar organised by the Centre for Popular and Comic Performance (PCP) and the Arts and Prosocial Behaviour Research Group (APRG): 22 March 2018, 4.15-5.30pm, KS14 CREATING HAPPIER, HEALTHIER PEOPLE THROUGH COMEDY SAM AVERY (THE COMEDY TRUST, LIVERPOOL) Sam Avery is an award winning stand-up comedian and bestselling author. For the last 12 years, he's also used comedy to create happier, healthier p...

2 March 2018

MA Theatre Making Festival

The MA Theatre Making students invite you to a festival of free shows, covering a wide range of topics and styles of theatre. They are all listed below, with individual eventbrite pages for you to book tickets. Please have a browse and book your tickets! Tuesday March 20th, 7PM-8PM: INDIGENOUS WOMEN: TRAUMA RESILIENCE AND HONOUR by Loretta Di Eugenio Warning: Please be advised that this performance contains information about sexual assault and violence. Woven with the colours of the Medicine...

28 February 2018

School of Arts' Student's Music Scholarship Achievements!

School of Arts’ first year student Carmen Mackey studying Drama is also very musically talented! Carmen is not only studying a Drama degree at the University of Kent, but is also partaking in lots of extra-curricular activities, including numerous choirs and ensembles as part of her Music Performance Scholarship. Follow the link to find out all about Carmen’s musical journey!

19 February 2018

View more


C&DO Web Content and Editorial Team - © University of Kent

The University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ, T: +44 (0)1227 764000

Last Updated: 03/11/2017